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This healthy Mediterranean baked fish dinner takes just 20 minutes from start to finish and is made with only 8 ingredients! It almost sounds too good to be true, doesn't it?! Well, it's not. It's just another quick and easy dinner that your family is going to LOVE!
This recipe starts with Wild Alaskan Pacific Cod. It's the perfect mild, white fish for this fresh Mediterranean dish.
Season the fish with coriander, paprika, salt and pepper. Then top it with lemon zest, sliced lemon, sliced garlic and capers.
Bake in a 400 degree oven for 15-20 minutes or until the thickest part flakes easily with a fork. Then garnish with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and chopped cilantro.
Fish to Use
- stripped bass
- mahi mahi
You'll Love This
- Did you see that ingredient list?? Only 8 ingredients! Talk about simple! This recipe is loaded with fresh Mediterranean flavors of olive oil, lemon, and capers. This combination enhances the mild white fish, while still allowing it to shine through as the star!
- A quick cook time of just 15 minutes means you can have a healthy, flavorful dinner on the table in no time at all! It takes only minutes to melt the butter, slice the garlic, and zest the lemon. Then it's into the oven to poach the cod in that delicious oil and butter combo.
- It's unexpected. This is not your run-of-the-mill baked fish dish. This Mediterranean fish is something your dinner guests have likely never made at home, which makes it a really fun dish to enjoy with friends and family!
- Butter makes everything better. And that is VERY true in this Mediterranean baked fish. If you only have olive oil on hand, feel free to sub that for the butter. However, the melted butter combined with the olive oil is going to give this fish the MOST decadent, melt in your mouth flavor and texture. So don't skip it!
- Green olives are a great substitute for capers. I usually keep capers on hand because their briny bite is one of my favorite things to add to any fish or pasta dish. But in a pinch, green olives would be a great sub! I'd add slightly more green olives in this recipe to match the bold flavor that the capers deliver.
- Don't overcook the fish! This seems like a no-brainer, but sometimes I think people get really stuck on following a recipe to the T and forget to use their judgment. Everyone's oven cooks differently. Everyone's fish fillet may be of a different shape or thickness. Everyone's baking dish heats up differently. Use your judgment when it comes to baking time here. As soon as the fish starts to flake easily, it's done!
- Quinoa Tabbouleh (pictured below) is my FAVORITE thing to serve with this Greek cod. It's fresh and lemony and herby. It has a lot of the same flavors but the cold salad contrasted with the warm fish is truly a delight for your taste buds.
- Spaghetti is another one of my go-to's to serve alongside this cod! Cook the spaghetti according to package directions until al dente. When the cod is baked, gently remove it from the baking dish and toss the spaghetti in the leftover butter, oil, lemon, caper mixture in the bottom of the baking dish. Then nestle the cod into the spaghetti and serve!
- Greek Potato Wedges would also be a great accompaniment if you're looking for a Mediterranean play on the traditional "fish and chips" dish. The wedges have some of the same flavors but that crispy texture is going to contrast really well with the tender, flaky fish.
- Quinoa Tabbouleh
- Mediterranean One Pot Pasta
- Mediterranean Couscous Salad
- Greek Chicken Kebabs
- Mediterranean Potato Wedges with Creamy Yogurt Sauce